NEW DELHI: The Congress will raise three main issues: India-China border tension, inflation and interference in the workings of the constitutional and independent institutions in the country, in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.
The session begins on December 7 — a day before poll results in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat — and will end on December 29. The government plans to introduce 16 new Bills during the session, including one that seeks to reform the electoral process in cooperative societies.
Earlier on Saturday, top Congress leaders party Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge , leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury , chief whip of the party in Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh and party’s chief whip in Lok Sabha K Suresh met at the residence of former party chief Sonia Gandhi to evolve a strategy.
This will be the first session of Parliament after Kharge took over as the Congress president.
EWS quota, cyberattack
The Congress is further expected to demand a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farm produce and may also raise the issue of 10% quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).
“Congress is in favour of caste census, it’s necessary to get it done. There were talks on EWS reservation, since 3 judges of SC agreed on the amendment and 2 have raised questions on it, the Congress will demand reconsideration and would like to have a debate in Parliament,” said Jairam Ramesh, general secretary in-charge communications, Congress.
The party is also expected to question the government over the recent cyberattack on the country’s premier medical institution, AIIMS-Delhi.
The session will be held in the existing Parliament building, and not in the new one that was expected to be ready by now. The session also had to be delayed by a month due to the Gujarat poll schedule.
Congress LoP in Rajya Sabha
As of now, the Congress has not picked its Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Kharge, now the party’s national president, had resigned from the post as per the party’s one-person-one-post rule.
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